bush's brain documentary

 

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BUSH'S BRAIN

“This politically damning profile chronicles the rise to power of Karl Rove, the brilliant, nerdy chief aide to President Bush.”

-- Stephen Holden
NEW YORK TIMES

“The accusations are alarming and juicy enough to strike up a watchable combo of fear and gall.”

-- Wesley Morris
BOSTON GLOBE

“Some believe that the evil genius behind our unelected maximum leader is Dick Cheney. The filmmakers argue that it's 'co-president' Rove (installed, we learn, in Hillary Clinton's old office).”

-- J. Hoberman
VILLAGE VOICE

“By turns darkly comical, seriously scary and purposefully incendiary.”

-- Joe Leydon
VARIETY

“Downright chilling.”

-- Michael O'Sullivan
WASHINGTON POST

“Examines Rove's rise to power within the context of politics-as-usual. Such perspective adds power to the movie's punch.”

-- Gene Seymour
NEWSDAY

“Propaganda? You bet. But a scary and persuasive case is made.”

-- Peter Travers
ROLLING STONE

“Pushing creepiness into horror -- and giving the movie its sting -- are the recollections and insights of folks who've tracked the handiwork of Rove, this summer's scariest movie monster, for more than 30 years.”

-- Ernest Hardy
L.A. WEEKLY

“You may not agree with its perspectives, but you'll always know where it stands, and it's amazing how many Republicans the filmmakers have found to spill the beans on a politico who considers himself in the same camp.”

-- David Sterritt
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR

“An engrossing, disturbing portrait of the perversion of our political process -- a victim of our collective disdain and disinterest that we let it get dragged down this far.”

-- Brent Simon
ENTERTAINMENT TODAY

“One of the better political documentaries flooding into theaters after Fahrenheit 9/11 and before the election.”

-- Lou Lumenick
NEW YORK POST

“This unapologetically partisan documentary is designed to inflame Bush opponents, and it ought to succeed like a bucket of gasoline tossed on a bonfire.”

-- Colin Covert
MINNEAPOLIS STAR TRIBUNE

“Enlightening and frightening.”

-- Jonathan Curiel
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“a film that I believe needed to be made.”

-- Jill Cozzi
MIXED REVIEWS

“It's safe to say that outrage over Rove's behavior will depend on party affiliation, but even the most partisan should find extreme behaviors sickening.”

-- Duane Dudek
MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“This no-frills documentary has a very specific theme: Karl Rove drives Bush. And He's willing to break rules and people in order to keep Bush in power.”

-- Ross Anthony
HOLLYWOOD REPORT CARD

“This film should truly frighten partisans on both sides of the aisle.”

-- Merle Bertrand
FILM THREAT

“There is no denying the relevancy of the film.”

-- Kent Turner
FILM-FORWARD.COM

“A chilling study in political power and how it's employed to get, well, more of the same.”

-- E! ONLINE

“Mealey and Shoob's film is a little too 'Inside Baseball' as it takes a deep dive into arcane Texas politics as discussed by a series of talking heads. Yet what they say -- and much of it is hard to refute -- is devastating stuff.”

-- Kirk Honeycutt
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER


 

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